Christian Medical College Vellore

Not to be ministered unto but to minister

Be Thou My Vision

Online Celebration of the

150th Birth Anniversary of

Dr. Ida Sophia Scudder

Main Celebration

Saturday 5th December

5.30pm – 6.40pm IST

Everyone Welcome

See the times for your region on the Programme page.

24 hour Online Show

Saturday 5th December

Music, Dance

and much more

Starts at 3.30am IST
on Saturday 5th December.

Finishes 3.30am IST
on Sunday 6th December.

We need you to participate! Send a video. See below


On this Page

Dr. Ida Sophia Scudder, Founder of CMC, was born on the 9th of December 1870. This year we commemorate her 150th birth anniversary!
Join us in this celebration.

Get Involved

You can still register to watch the show online. The opportunity to be a part of the show and to send in your videos has now passed. We are now closed for further video submissions.

Watch the Show

You can watch the show online. Register here and we will send information about how you can watch it live on the day.

We have lots of great videos that you have sent to us: songs, talks, reminiscences, poems, drama, readings, introductions to some of our departments, stories from Aunt Ida’s life.

They are in English, Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil mainly. But we have some songs that are in many languages – join us on the day to see these beautiful adaptations of songs you know and love.

Be ON the show

Lots of people have sent us videos and we have a great range of videos to show you. The deadline has passed for submitting your videos. But you can join us on the day to watch the show online.

Thank you for all the wonderful videos you have sent us.

Deadline for Video Submission is Over.
We cannot take anymore submissions.

We will play contributions from as many people as possible on the day.


Everything will be streamed on multiple online platforms. So register today for links to the event and to get more details.


The programme so far is here: Ida150 Programme

Watch this space for further details. For information and updates please send an email to

Photo of Dr Ida Scudder in black and white
Dr Ida S Scudder founder of the Christian Medical College, Vellore.

Be Thou My Vision

Be thou my vision was Aunt Ida’s favourite hymn.

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that thou art
Thou my best thought, by day or by night;
Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light

Poet St. Dallán Forgaill, C6th.
Translated by Eleanor Hull, 1912

Ida's Wise Words

You can read some of the Ida’s words collected together in one web page: Ida’s Wise Words

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